‘We’re going to do everything we can to get you better’: Mets owner Steve Cohen provides injured pitcher Edwin Diaz a trainer, nutritionist, and chef to try and bring him back in 2023 after possible season-ending knee surgery
After New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz suffered a season-ending injury while celebrating with team Puerto Rico at the World Baseball Classic, his team was able to spring into action.
That quick action may have saved his odds – as long as they may be – at playing this season for the Mets if they make a deep run in the playoffs.
While the general belief is that the freak torn patellar tendon he suffered while celebrating will see him miss the season, not all hope is lost.
According to The Athletic, a source close to Diaz says, ‘There is some optimism, you never know.’
The steps taken by the Mets, their medical personnel, and owner Steve Cohen may have assured that optimism remains.
Edwin Diaz will benefit from a series of Mets staff being in Miami when he injured his leg
With team doctors in Miami at the same time, Diaz was able to quickly schedule a surgery
New York’s team physician, Dr. James Carr, was in Miami for the WBC when the injury occurred and gave Diaz an exam – arriving at the conclusion that a torn patellar tendon was likely.
The next day, Thursday, Diaz was able to get imaging done that confirmed the doctor’s suspicions.
Incidentally, the Mets’ medical director was also in Miami and the team’s partner – the Hospital for Special Surgery – operates a location there. That afternoon, he was getting surgery.
The relief pitcher already went back to his house in Port St. Lucie, Florida to start his recovery – only to see that Mets owner Steve Cohen had sent a personal chef, a nutritionist and a trainer.
Cohen called up Diaz, telling him, ‘We’re going to do everything we can to get you better and take care of you.’
The Mets’ owner has opened up before about building personal relationships with his players, saying, ‘It’s important to have a personal touch. I think that matters, it shows you care.’
Cohen doled out the cash to aide his star closer’s recovery with a host of supporting staff
Diaz didn’t injure his leading leg, which could quicken his return to the diamond for the Mets
The general timeline for recovery from an injury of Diaz’s severity is eight months, The Athletic says.
Other pitchers have returned quicker, but each player has a unique situation that may quicken or slow their recovery.
But as Dr. Michael Alia, MD, sports health expert and associate professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Langone Orthopedics told The Athletic, there are some things that Diaz has going for him.
‘He’s got the benefit of being a pitcher in this case, and it’s not his leading leg,’ Alaia said. ‘The left leg, when it comes down from a pitch, is going to be bent. It’s going to have a lot more torque across the patella when the left leg comes down.
‘If this was different, if he had a left leg patellar tendon rupture, it actually might take him a substantially longer period of time to recover and get back to throwing. Because it’s more of the push-off leg, where the knee doesn’t have to bend as much, perhaps he might be able to come back a little sooner.’